SparkPeople GLBTQ Spark Network: We Are Family Team Messageboard For gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning Sparkers and those who love and support them. Welcome! SparkPeople GLBTQ Spark Network: We Are Family Team Messageboard New LGBTQ taxpayer resource Are you filing your income tax forms soon? If so, check out the new Queer Our Taxes Taxpayer Guide: <link><BR>-2016/ </link> <BR> <BR> For many of us, tax time is both wonderful and terrifying. It is the time when we can finally pay down our credit card, get ahead on the rent, or buy the used car that’s going to cut our commute down by 45 minutes. It is also the time when we have to sit down with a stranger and share some of the most private details of ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:08:50 EST Slam poetry I adore Button Poetry, and this piece about homophobia is gorgeous: <link> </link> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:57:21 EST The strange life of Q-tips.... The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Q-tips are one of the most perplexing things for sale in America. Plenty of consumer products are widely used in ways other than their core function — books for leveling tables, newspapers for keeping fires aflame, seltzer for removing stains, coffee tables for resting legs — but these cotton swabs are distinct. Q-tips are one of the only, if not the only, major consumer products whose main purpose is precisely ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:37:59 EST First LGBT national park? <link><BR>ate-a-national-park-for-stonewall </link> <BR> <BR> Two-thirds of America’s more than 400 national park sites are dedicated to cultural and historic significance. These are places where people lived, ideas were born, and history was made. <BR> <BR> There’s a national park site in Seneca Falls that tells the story of the women’s rights movement. There’s a national park site in Selma that tells the story of the African-American civil rights move... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 17:49:44 EST Getting to know the Lioness.... A - Age: 44 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Full <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Cooking (wife is a chef, so I mostly stay in my lane, LOL) <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: Chaco (like Taco) <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Music <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Purple <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5'6" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): None. :-( <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Executive Receptionist <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 3 (my own) and 4 stepchildren through my... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:56:41 EST Remembering David Bowie Through 44 Years Of His... Remembering David Bowie Through 44 Years Of His Music Videos -- <BR> <BR> <link><BR>os-chronology </link> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:13:03 EST We will A Short Film for Australian Marriage Equality in 2016 <link> </link> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 15:58:30 EST Gorgeous LGBTQ photos <link><BR>otography-series-portrays-gay-couples-<BR>all-over-th </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:13:47 EST A song for all of us to welcome in 2016 -- <link> </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:26:02 EST In Memoriam ...Pearl Harbor Day...Dec 7, 1941 <link><BR>arl_harbor_74th_anniversary.html </link> Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:54:11 EST Christmas Song List (extensive) <em>445</em> The Christmas Song List -- <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> I've composed a big list of many Christmas songs and/or <BR> bands that folks may be familiar with. I've even listed the YouTube URLs to these <BR> songs, so that you can listen to the songs. <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> 1. White Christmas, by Bing Crosby-- ; by Human Nature-- <BR> <BR><BR>ayer_detailpage&amp;v=9YDW6mAygz4 <BR> 2. Ch... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 13:26:45 EST I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Danielle LoPresti, with her real-life spouse and child, star in this progressive interpretation of Tommie Connor's 1952 Christmas classic. <link> </link> Fri, 4 Dec 2015 04:04:39 EST Pringles -scented candles give Christmas incense a <link><BR>ck/click?u=9c140b7a8e1b10797db61e5cd&a<BR>mp;id=2e2bc40b86&amp;e=bf6d969456 </link> Tue, 1 Dec 2015 12:17:00 EST Getting to know you extravaganza <BR> A - Age:47 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: dusting <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: No dogs. 2 cats: Mickey and Becki <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: deep dark purple <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver or white gold <BR> <BR> H – Height is 5' 5'' <BR> <BR> I - Instrument: I can sing a little. I used to play the piano and would like to learn the drums one day. <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Registered nurse ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:23:20 EST Kate Winslet The legendary Peter Lindbergh teams up with the striking Kate Winslet for the cover story of L'UOMO Vogue. Kate has taken on the magazine with menswear styling prepared by Clare Richardson. <link><BR>nslet/ </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 03:31:31 EST Leonard Matlovich - Brave Soldier There was a great article in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on Sunday about Leonard Matlovich, another of our trailblazers. His was one of the first faces I ever saw on the cover of a magazine saying "I am gay." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>81/gaye-lebaron-trailblazing-gay-veter<BR>an?page=0 </link> <BR> <BR> In honor of Veterans Day... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 23:23:45 EST Don't sneak What a marvelous story about integrity and worthiness. <link><BR>27/dont-sneak-a-fathers-command-to-his<BR>-gay-son-in-the-1950s/ </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:18:51 EST Men's Health Magazine Ultimate Men's Health Guy One of the 5 finalists for Men's Health magazine's "Ultimate Men's Health Guy" is a trans man, Aydian Dowling. Read about him here: <BR> <link><BR>e-ultimate-mens-health-guy </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:07:09 EST LGBTQ History: Dr. Martha May Eliot Dr. Martha May Eliot <BR> <BR> April 7, 1891 - February 14, 1978 <BR> <BR> Ms. Eliot was a leading pediatrician and specialist in public health, she was also assistant director for the World Health Organization. Her research established that public health measures could prevent and reverse the early onset of rickets. In 1947, she became the first woman elected as president of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She also was the first woman to receive the APHA's Sedgwick Memorial ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 03:43:57 EST Lesbian pioneers When we think of our lesbian pioneers, women like Ellen DeGeneres and Billie Jean King presumably come to mind. But we at The Huffington Post wanted to teach you a little somethin' somethin' about your history in honor of October's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history month. Below, feast your eyes on a group of undaunted ladies who helped paved the way for women and their women-loving ways <link><BR>s-to-know-in-history_561d5928e4b028dd7<B... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 03:41:15 EST Getting to Know You Extravaganza Hi everyone! My name is Adrien. I am new to the team, but not SparkPeople. =) <BR> <BR> A - Age: 30 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Anything in the bathroom <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: No dog. =( We have cats, fish, a lizard, chickens, turkeys, and alpacas though. <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Teal <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H – Height is 5' 6'' <BR> <BR> I - Instrument: No instrument... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:31:53 EST Taking Back Time <link><BR>087919847885673/ </link> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:49:55 EST Why FDR grew up wearing dresses Little Franklin Delano Roosevelt sits primly on a stool, his white skirt spread smoothly over his lap, his hands clasping a hat trimmed with a marabou feather. Shoulder-length hair and patent leather party shoes complete the ensemble. <BR> <BR> We find the look unsettling today, yet social convention of 1884, when FDR was photographed at age 2 1/2, dictated that boys wore dresses until age 6 or 7, also the time of their first haircut. Franklin's outfit was considered gender-neutral. <BR> <B... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 04:46:47 EST Imagine freedom from shaming Petition to call on faith leaders to stop harming LGBT youth by teaching that homosexuality is a sin: <link><BR>-unique-harm-caused-to-lgbt-youth </link> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 14:53:39 EST Make LGBTQ Health Count The National LGBTQ Task Force is hoping to get your input. Make LGBTQ health count by taking the National Voices of Health 2015 survey: <link><BR>em_id=4721.0&dlv_id=8041 </link> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 22:25:54 EST Transgender teens Transgender teens speak to themselves 10 years from now: <link> </link> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 02:14:29 EST 9/11...Never again. Never forget. ** LEST WE FORGET ** <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:24:56 EST A county clerk who was a heroic ally! 40 years ago, a gay couple applied for a marriage license. This county clerk approved their request. Maybe we should focus on one of LGBTQ history's unsung heroes: former Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>couple-applied-for-a-marriage-license-<BR>she-approved-it </link> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:31:00 EST 8.30: Team Update In reviewing the status of the team stats for the whole team, as a group, all of the goals have been met. Awesome! <BR> <BR> Prepare yourself for next month, and try something new. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:09:24 EST Here's How Donald Trump Would Explain His Anti-Gay <link><BR>trump-gay-marriage_55df3412e4b029b3f1b<BR>1d228?ir=Gay%2BVoices%253Fncid%253Dnew<BR>sltushpmg00000003 </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:46:15 EST Is There A Reason Women May Be More Likely To Iden Is There A Reason Women May Be More Likely To Identify As Bisexual? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>re-more-likely-to-be-bisexual-it-just-<BR>depends-on-their-romantic-opportunitie<BR>s_55dcbddae4b0a40aa3ac7871?ir=Gay%2BVo<BR>ices%253Fncid%253Dnewsltushpmg00000003 </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:41:23 EST Kentucky Clerk Continues To Deny Same-Sex Couples Kentucky Clerk Continues To Deny Same-Sex Couples Marriage Licenses <BR> <BR> <link><BR>is-gay-marriage-licenses_55df3053e4b08<BR>dc09486a05d?ir=Gay%2BVoices&section=ga<BR>y-voices </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:39:39 EST Spark Changes Update <link><BR>st=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_challenges </link> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:48:59 EST ((September Challenge))Do Something Different We've reviewed the team members, and it looks like all of us are on different levels. Some are already in maintenance mode, while others are in the losing weight mode. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. September is going to be a little bit different. Instead of posting a challenge, the leaders will be posting articles, videos, etc... that will show you HOW to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> You can choose a challenge for yourself at this link: <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:58:56 EST Getting to know you extravaganza A- Age: 45 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: King <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Dusting <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: Sammy, Sadie and Sebastian <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Green <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H – 5'10" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Trumpet in high school <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Casino Shift Manager <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 0 <BR> <BR> L - Living arrangements: With my husband and 3 furry ki... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:53:42 EST 8.24.15: GLBTQ Spotlight is on DITA48 DITA48 found great success in 2012 with a regular fitness plan that culminated in her completing a mini triathlon. She wants that to be her present, not just her past. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below to post a supportive comment and/or give her a Spark Goodie for her efforts. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TA48 </link> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:14:28 EST 8.24: 13 Things Bisexuals are Tired of Hearing <link><BR>-things-bisexuals-are-t_b_8029058.html<BR>?ir=Gay%20Voices?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the correct link to the article I posted yesterday. Sorry for the confusion. <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:04:01 EST Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Health <link><BR>anbisexualandtransgenderhealth.html </link> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:11:42 EST True Colors Cyndi Lauper is set to open a 30-bed housing facility for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Manhattan on September 1st. The True Colors Residence, named after her 1986 hit "True Colors," will be located on West 154th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem. The residence, the first permanent housing facility of its kind in the city, was conceived by the singer, her manager and the West End Intergenerational Residence, a non-profit focused on providing housing for ho... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 19:55:03 EST Daily Check-In Weather: Projected high of 91F. It's cooling down, just a bit. It will be a nice weekend! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Shredded wheat with raisins, skim milk <BR> <BR> Fun: Friends from Sacramento are coming up for the weekend! We're going wine tasting tomorrow, and a boat ride on Sunday. <BR> <BR> What's on your agenda this weekend? Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:48:55 EST Julian Bond Julian Bond, a champion of equal rights, died Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. <BR> <BR> His wife of 24 years, Pamela Horowitz, was leaving the intensive care unit when a nurse stopped her, the first admirer to offer condolences. <BR> <BR> “She told me, ‘I want you to know it was a privilege to take care of him,’ ” recalls Horowitz, voice wavering. “She said, ‘As a gay American, I thought he was a hero.’ And for her to say that, for her to be the last person who was with him, I thought i... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 02:19:53 EST 8.13.15 Spark Spotlight is on GAYLE-G-63 Like in one of her blogs, she says, "Isn't this what we all want? Just to be ourselves? =) " <BR> <BR> This is so true; especially, when it concerns health and fitness. Sometimes people work hard to lose weight not for themselves, but for others. Spark People has all of the tools to reach your health and fitness goals and your motivation? You. <BR> <BR> Post some comments on her page and/or give her a Spark Goodie for encouragement. <BR> <BR> <link><BR... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:07:23 EST Team Spotlight is shining on FRANKIEKNIGHT2 This member has found a way to keep track of calories, and is very determined to stick to it. As long as you burn more calories that you consume, the weight will come off. <BR> <BR> Let's post a few words of encouragement and/or give a Spark Goodie at the link below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ANKIEKNIGHT2 </link> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:08:12 EST Weigh-in 185 <BR> 186 <BR> <BR> I love that so far this month, the majority is still participating. Keep it up. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:36:52 EST Hi Everyone! (Getting to Know You Extravaganza) Hello. Nice to "meet" all of you. <BR> <BR> A - Age: 32 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: All of them! <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: I don't have a dog but I'm sure if I did have a dog he or she would be named after a Star Trek TNG character. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Up until recently, diet Pepsi. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Changes regularly. Currently burgundy. <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 18:15:11 EST LGBTQ History: Addams, Jane (1860-1935 American reformer, social worker, founder of the Hull House Settlement in Chicago, <BR> and peace activist, Jane Addams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Her <BR> involvement in same-sex relationships has consistently been hidden or minimized by <BR> official biographers. <BR> As a cultural feminist, Addams argued that the dominant male values at the turn of the twentieth century <BR> contributed to such tragic circumstances as poverty, urban blight, and war. It was therefore, she belie... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 07:53:38 EST 8.8.8:GLBTQ Spotlight of the day is on DAVIDPRESCO Today's team spotlight is shining bright on DAVIDPRESCOTT. He did a very hard thing to do, quit smoking, and he's overcome the love of chocolate. How? By barking. Yep, you heard it right. To distract him from his triggers, he barks. I think I'm going to try that too. <BR> <BR> Congratulation David and keep doing what you're doing. <BR> <BR> Please post some comments on his page and/or Spark Goodies to help with some self esteem. <BR> <BR> Click on this link to go directly to his page. <BR>... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 07:49:44 EST 8.5.15: Team Member of the day is BONNIEMARGAY Today's member who is in the spotlight is Bonniemargay. She's been giving spark goodies to other members on the team, comments on other member's blogs and very active on the team. Please take the time to click on the link below that will take you direly to her page where you can cheer her on. Thank you to those who do so. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NNIEMARGAY </link> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 14:31:39 EST GLBTQ:Team Member of the month. NIGHTOCUPS NIGHTOCUPS, noticed something much more about Spark, which makes her the team member of the day. Let's post some comments and/or goodies on her page. Her spark page is below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>GHTOCUPS </link> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:41:13 EST Getting to Know You Extravaganza I realized I never posted this! <BR> <BR> A - Age: 57 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: King - finally got last year after 35 years of marriage <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: vacuuming <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: none. Our Toby passed at Christmastime 2013. <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee regular (not regular coffee) <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Purple <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5' 6" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Tried to learn... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 22:57:35 EST Hello there! I'm Summy. :) I joined S.P. about two weeks ago so that I could share the gettin' fit experience with others doing the same, and I've been exploring the site ever since. I'm glad I found this team! <BR> <BR> There's a bit of information about me on my Spark page; if you have any questions, drop me a line or add me as a friend. I've also filled out the Getting To Know You Extravaganza list too... <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Age: 40 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Double (memory foam) - it's just me and my cats sleeping ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 14:46:27 EST GLBTQ: Spark Member of the Day LOLAB_13 Today's Spark Member of the day is LOLAB_13. She just lost 1.5 pounds. Awesome! <BR> <BR> Start blogging and add me as your friend and any accomplishments you made will put you in the spotlight. <BR> <BR> Please click the link below and post a comment or give her a Spark Goodie congratulating her. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LAB_13 </link> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:38:35 EST LGBTQ History: Achmat, Zackie (b. 1962) South African activist Zackie Achmat has been a pivotal figure in his country's response to AIDS. His refusal, <BR> from 1999 to 2003, to avail himself of anti-retroviral drugs until they became affordable for the poor <BR> brought him recognition from health and human rights advocates worldwide. <BR> Born Abdurrazack Achmat in Johannesburg, on March 21, 1962, "Zackie" was raised in a conservative Muslim <BR> household by his mother and aunt in Salt River, an area of Cape Town. In a 1995 auto... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:34:42 EST LGBTQ History: Gay-Straight Alliances First of all, The GLBTQ Encyclopedia decided to not take it down. Instead, they are keeping the archives open for educational references. I'm so happy about that <BR> <BR> Gay-Straight Alliances <BR> <BR> A gay-straight alliance (GSA) can be defined as a youth-led, school- or community-based group that provides a safe, welcoming, and affirming physical and emotional space for glbtq students, as well as those who are perceived as glbtq, those who are questioning their sexual orientation and/... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:11:53 EST Carol Leifer:C OMEDIAN, ACTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, A COMEDIAN, ACTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, AND ACTIVIST, 1956 <BR> <BR> Carol Leifer worked hard to achieve success as a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and producer. She never anticipated that after the age of forty she would find personal fulfillment by recognizing her lesbianism, becoming a mother, and standing up for glbtq rights. <BR> <BR> Humor has been an integral part of life for Carol Leifer from her earliest days. She grew up in East Williston, New York, the city of her birth on July 27... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:07:29 EST Straight Allies Are The Best! There are many straight allies who have joined this team, and I would love to hear your stories. What brought you to this team? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:28:38 EST ((August Challenge)) I'm sad that the LGBTQ Encyclopedia web site is shutting down beginning on August 1st. It contained so much information that was interesting concerning our community. <BR> <BR> August Challenge: Beginning on August 1st, weigh yourself and post your results in this forum. Try to set a goal to lose 1lb a week. The person who loses the most weight will get a very good Team Spark Goodie and bragging rights. You have to be consistent in weighing yourself the entire month in order to win. For thos... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:23:10 EST First Same Sex Marriage First Same Sex Marriage for Springfield Ohio happened last week... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:37:03 EST Ruth Ellis:PIONEER AND ICON OF THE GLBTQ COMMUNITY PIONEER AND ICON OF THE GLBTQ COMMUNITY IN DETROIT, 1899 (1899-2000) <BR> <BR> Small of stature but great of heart, Ruth Ellis became an icon of the glbtq community in Detroit, where she lived for most of her 101 years. Out, proud, generous, and plain-speaking, she lived life on her own terms with determination and dignity. The Ruth Ellis Center continues her legacy of offering shelter and support to young glbtq people. <BR> <BR> Ruth Ellis was a witness to history. She came within a few ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:00:43 EST LGBTQ: Judy Chicago: FEMINIST ARTIST WHO CHALLENGE FEMINIST ARTIST WHO CHALLENGES THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN ART AND CRAFT, 1939 <BR> <BR> Judy Chicago, née Cohen, the ardent feminist painter and sculptor who changed her name to reflect her birthplace, was born into a Jewish family in 1939. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1964 and developed the first feminist art program, the Female Art Class, at Fresno State College in 1970. <BR> <BR> In 1971, Chicago co-founded, with painter Miriam Schapiro, the Feminist Art ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:57:31 EST new and looking for support Hi Im Brandy and Im new on here just looking for support and maybe friends along the way. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:47:50 EST Can You Drink Too Much Water? <link> </link> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:27:38 EST Getting to know you A - Age: 72 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Housework <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: No dog <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Tea <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Red <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver and Gold <BR> <BR> H – 5’ 6" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Guitar <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Retired <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): yes <BR> <BR> L - Living arrangements: Live with partner <BR> <BR> M - Mom's name: I'd rather not say. <BR> <BR... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:23:59 EST Hart Crane: A POET AND SUCCESSOR TO WALT WHITMAN W A POET AND SUCCESSOR TO WALT WHITMAN WHO WAS TORTURED BY HOMOSEXUAL SELF-HATRED, 1899 <BR> <BR> (1899-1933) <BR> <BR> A successor to Walt Whitman, Hart Crane found spiritual transcendence in homoerotic desire. <BR> <BR> Harold Hart Crane was born in Garrettsville, Ohio, on July 21, 1899, the only son of Grace Hart Crane, an intelligent, sensitive woman, and C. A. Crane, a success-driven businessman. The poet's childhood was materially secure but emotionally difficult. <BR> <BR> When Haro... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:06:27 EST We've come so far! This beautiful video takes us on a journey of LGBT rights in America, from when LGBT people were a hated minority to the moment when same-sex couples are finally free to marry. It celebrates the combination of the Constitution’s promise, the decades-long movement, the successful strategy, and the tenacious campaign that led to this transformation and triumph. <link><BR>fjbY </link> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:14:12 EST Stunt Writing Is there a step forward in your life around a dangerous edge where there be dragons? Need some structure, support, or motivation to push yourself into the thing that terrifies you? Get started with me today, I'll go with you! <link> </link> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:20:43 EST Ernest Hemingway:NOTED AMERICAN WRITER WHOSE FICTI NOTED AMERICAN WRITER WHOSE FICTION INCLUDED NEGATIVE AND ABUSIVE PORTRAYALS OF GAY MEN, <BR> <BR> (1899-1961) <BR> <BR> Ernest Hemingway, himself sexually insecure, included negative, even abusive portrayals of gay men in his fiction. <BR> <BR> The hunting-shooting-fishing (and writing) life of Hemingway begins with a little boy who was dressed in girl's clothing by his mother during his early years, a point he would later avoid when mythologizing his youth. He preferred to concentrate o... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:51:11 EST Dale Peck:WRITER WHO HAS BEEN BOTH PRAISED AND HAT WRITER WHO HAS BEEN BOTH PRAISED AND HATED, 1967 <BR> <BR> Novelist and literary critic Dale Peck is the author of a controversial collection of fiction reviews and four novels, including Martin and John, one of the most highly acclaimed works of AIDS literature. <BR> <BR> Peck's first two novels were published before he turned 30, and his prodigious talents have been praised for their "emotional wisdom" and "somber lyricism." The influential New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani has descr... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:12:44 EST Jason Bellini:T ELEVISION NEWS CORRESPONDENT, 1975 TELEVISION NEWS CORRESPONDENT, 1975 <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> 10 pages to read, and very interesting. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:59:26 EST Kyrsten Sinema:FIRST OPENLY BISEXUAL MEMBER OF TH FIRST OPENLY BISEXUAL MEMBER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 1976 <BR> <BR> After serving several terms in the Arizona state legislature, Kyrsten Sinema ran successfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2012, becoming the first openly bisexual person elected to that body. <BR> <BR> Kyrsten Sinema is a progressive legislator who also has a reputation for reaching across the aisle and engaging in dialogue with people of differing views in order to see that the needs of... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:57:44 EST Challenges have a new format! SparkPeople has designed a new way to present challenges that I might be a huge improvement and motivator. Check out the blog for more info: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=get_a_sneak_peek_of_our_updated_cha<BR>llenges_feature </link> <BR> <BR> I joined the Plateau Busting challenge. How about you? Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:27:20 EST Getting to know you(me)... A - Age: 39 (for 3 more days) <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: King <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Putting away laundry <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: Maxim Chipper, Aiden <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Blue <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Gold <BR> <BR> H – 6’ 3" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Saxophone, guitar <BR> <BR> J - Job title: IT Support Analyst <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 2 <BR> <BR> L - Living arrangements: Finally went on that 2nd d... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:23:57 EST The PRIDE Study Join the first longitudinal health study of LGBTQ people today. Download The PRIDE Study app to tell researchers what matters most to you about your health <link> </link> <BR> <BR> More info about the study <link><BR>-lgbt-health-study-is-coming-to-the-ip<BR>hone#.jj2eGJvOZ </link> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 20:09:27 EST Spark Points for the month of June: Final Congratulations to those of you who met the Spark Points for the month of June. Outstanding! <BR> A lot of you were really close. Let's make the goals for this month. <BR> <BR> Your co-leads <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 17:35:17 EST Getting To Know You Extravaganza - Hi, I'm Beth! A - Age: 34 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Scrubbing the toilet. :( <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: No pets of my own, but parents have Needah & Grimm. <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: COFFEEEEEEEEE!!!!! <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: It was red, but I just dyed my hair purple, and red clashes with it so bad, <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5' 4" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): None. I mean, I played ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 16:17:46 EST Amélie Mauresmo: PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER AND ON PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER AND ONE OF THE FEW ELITE ATHLETES TO COME OUT PUBLICLY WHILE STILL COMPETING, 1975 <BR> <BR> Amélie Mauresmo is the first professional tennis player since Martina Navratilova to come out publicly as a lesbian, and one of the few elite athletes to come out while still competing. She has almost twenty tournament titles to her credit and has held the number one ranking of the Women's Tennis Association. <BR> <BR> Amélie Mauresmo was born July 5, 1979 in St.-Germain-... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:24:43 EST July 4, 2015 I though it would be a nice change to post some positive pictures of all team members July 4th celebrations. In light of all the negative in the GLBT world. <BR> <BR> My beautiful daughter Brittany (rainbow hat) and her beautiful partner Whitey Lynn Celebrating July 4 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:23:22 EST World Cup The world's most publicly out soccer team just won the World Cup! <link><BR>lesbian-gay-women-world-cup </link> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:58:58 EST Thanks for voting! You can help pick the new image for this team from the most recent dozen or so posted here <link><BR>all_detail.asp?gw=940x2x </link> <BR> <BR> Vote by sending a Spark mail message to SEASONS_CHANGE_ at <link><BR>l_send_message.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Be sure to describe which picture you like and which user posted it. <BR> <BR> Happy Independence Day, lovelies! Sat, 4 Jul 2015 14:35:46 EST Charles Laughton: A MOVIE ACTOR AND DIRECTOR TORME (1899-1962) <BR> <BR> Charles Laughton was a distinguished Anglo-American stage and screen actor and director, as well as a noted orator and story-teller. He was also a tormented soul who, for much of his life, suffered from self-loathing and internalized homophobia. While his unhappiness may have contributed to his mastery as an actor, it in many ways poisoned his life. <BR> <BR> Deeply ashamed of his desires, Laughton died at the age of 62 without having ever publicly discussed or declare... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:15:11 EST Carl Hester: OLYMPIC EQUESTRIAN, 1967 Very long history on Carl Hester, 8 pages. To read his story, please click on the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ns.html </link> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:34:07 EST Carl Hester: OLYMPIC EQUESTRIAN, 1967 Very long history on Carl Hester, 8 pages. To read his story, please click on the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ns.html </link> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:33:00 EST Kopay, David (b. 1942) (b. 1942) <BR> <BR> David Kopay made headlines in 1975 when he came out publicly as a gay man. A veteran of the National Football League who played on five NFL teams, he was the first American professional athlete to acknowledge publicly his homosexuality. He thus stands near the head of the short list of openly gay and lesbian elite athletes. <BR> <BR> Born on June 28, 1942 in Chicago into a strict Roman Catholic family, Kopay was the second of Anton and Marguerite Kopay's four children... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:53:37 EST Sylvia Rivera LEGENDARY VETERAN OF THE STONEWALL (1951-2002) <BR> <BR> A legendary veteran of the Stonewall Riots (June 27-29, 1969), Sylvia Rivera is notable for helping to spark the event that ushered in the modern-day Gay Rights Movement. Indeed, Rivera spent most of her life at the forefront of both transgender and gay activism, tirelessly advocating and demonstrating for glbtq rights and inclusive social policies. At the same time, Rivera also struggled against and drew attention to the transphobia that continues to exist within the l... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:21:43 EST July's "Marriage Equality Success Challenge" What an incredible victory and a historic event. I do see obstacles in the way; however, the law is finally on our side. We have a lot to be thankful for. <BR> <BR> Going forward, a lot of you are not used to receiving Team Goodies. At the end of each month, if you reach the team goals that are at the bottom of the main team page, then you will receive a Team Spark Goodie for your achievements. <BR> <BR> Concerning exercise and food triggers, you should know by now what triggers you to over... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:07:55 EST To all my fellow LGBT brothers and sisters: <link><BR>icrosswood/violent_lgbt_hate_crimes_on<BR>_the_rise_after_marriage_equality_ruling </link> <BR> <BR> To all my fellow LGBT brothers and sisters out there: Stand Proud! Stand Strong! Stand United! Even though we have won a huge victory for equality in this nation, there are still those whose hatred compels them to continue to victimize us and discriminate against us as fellow human beings. And yes...there is an increase in violence against our c... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:53:26 EST Gay Pioneers <link> </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:29:06 EST 6.30.15: Carb Cycling: Is It For You? <link><BR>r-mens-health/fl/Carb-Cycling-Is-It-Fo<BR>r-You.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium<BR>=email&utm_term=list_menshealth&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=list_menshealth&utm_content=20150630 </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:27:28 EST Safer Sex Practices <link> </link> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:55:57 EST 6.28: George Sand: Cross Dresser This cross dressers birthday is July 1st. <BR> <BR> (1804-1876) <BR> <BR> Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin, better known as George Sand, is as infamous for her cigar-in-hand cross-dressing as she is famous for her eighty novels, twenty plays, and numerous political tracts. <BR> <BR> Sand also claimed an infamous ancestry. Her great-great-grandfather, an eighteenth-century king of Poland, sired out of wedlock her great-grandfather, who in turn fathered an illegitimate daughter, Sand's gran... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:36:24 EST 6.27.15: Chad Allen Chad Allen gained fame for his sensitive portrayal of an autistic child on a hit television show, but unlike many child stars, he has successfully made the transition from child actor to adult actor. He has also come out as a gay man and become a vocal advocate for glbtq rights. <BR> <BR> Chad Allen Lazzari and his twin sister, Charity, were born in Cerritos, California on June 5, 1974 and grew up in the neighboring city of Long Beach. Their mother entered the winsome children in twin contes... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:08:08 EST 6.27.15 Hello Team Like you, I'm very excited about the Supreme Court Ruling. I do see some obstacles ahead. <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I've posted, and for that I apologize. I'm looking forward to being more active, reading your blogs and getting to know you better. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, post in this thread what level you are on, health wise. (( wanting to lose weight, if you already at your fitness goals, other, and before you begin you health and fitness goals, please consult your doctor f... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:53:58 EST Marriage Stories Here is our marriage story: <BR> <BR> Steve and I met in the fall of 1998. Our first date was Christmas Eve. I was singing in the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, and he was a volunteer. SFGMC does three Christmas Eve concerts at the Castro Theatre every year. Steve was helping move scenery and props that night, and every time we saw each other in the hallway, we would steal a kiss. I think we fell in love with each other that day. <BR> <BR> We bought matching engagement rings in the spring ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:26:56 EST We Won!!!!! <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:48:38 EST Error Trying to figure out how to delete... <BR> <BR> Carry on... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:04:15 EST A Pastor Contemplates If One of His Children Were <link><BR>t-christian-pastor-promises-do-if-his-<BR>children-are-gay270914 </link> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:48:07 EST Our Gay Capital - A LGBT history of Washington DC I hope this link works. If it does not, try copying and pasting it into your browser. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Alex <BR> <link><BR>our-gay-capital/ </link> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:19:12 EST Transgender equality Part one in a series <link><BR>he-quest-for-transgender-equality.html </link> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:19:37 EST Laverne Cox and my 7 year old daughter A lovely story with a great video at the end <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-cox-and-my-7-year-old-daughter </link> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:34:41 EST introduction Hello from the inland northwest!! So happy to be back on track and on spark people. My life right now revolves around work, two full time jobs and being mom to a super awesome little boy. I do have something exciting to report my first week back in track resulted in a 14lb loss!! Looking forward to getting to know some new people and support each other. Have a wonderful weekend. Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:27:18 EST Magic! <link><BR>bledore-and-gandalf-to-marry-in-front-<BR>of-gay-hating-church-1.2233853 </link> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:11:53 EST May leaders! Congratulations to our inspiring leaders in fitness minutes and Spark points for May: TWEETYKC00, TODDERICKV, and BONNIEMARGAY! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:57:54 EST The mother of a gay son speaks out in Vermont This is a touching letter to the editor from a woman responding to anti-gay sentiment in the local newspaper <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-mother-of-a-gay-son-and-ive-taken-<BR>enough-from-you-good-people.html </link> Fri, 29 May 2015 11:31:03 EST Yearbook quote So much brilliance, all in one sentence! <link><BR>senior-yearbook-quote-is-going-viral-f<BR>or-all-the-right-reasons </link> Thu, 28 May 2015 19:39:39 EST Another Big Move Greenland has voted unanimously for same-sex marriage! The vote also will extend to the adoption rights of gay couples. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>59/153586203/0cbc46c469ca037d5f19a41ac<BR>c7b99475bddd8ab/1bd27bb412e91229d83e02<BR>c19826281eb0053434 </link> Thu, 28 May 2015 19:24:36 EST The New Road Trip Game On our drive across country, we jokingly mentioned as we crossed each state line whether we were still married or not. Today was fun because, we drove up to Indiana to go shopping (married), and then went back to Kentucky to take an afternoon nap (not married). We'll probably go back to Indiana for dinner (married) before coming back to Jim's house to sleep (not married). That's what we get for being right on the state line! <BR> <BR> Posting from Henderson, Kentucky, just across the Ohio Ri... Tue, 26 May 2015 18:03:38 EST My daughter coming out moment!!!! !!!!!!!!!! When she told me I told her she was just going through a phase at 14 and she was grounded to her room. I told her to talk to her step dad about it and left. I was gone for about one hour and when I came home I let her know it was OK to be who she was. We have been on this journey every since and I have come to appreciate the parents who understand and don't criticize their kids. On the down size I have taken in several of her friends that have been kicked out due to the life style choice. ... Tue, 26 May 2015 15:35:53 EST New to this Group My name is Frankie and I have a beautiful daughter who is a lesbian. I'm joining this group in support of my daughter life style and friends. I live on a farm with my husband, step daughter Harlee. My daughter Brittany who lives on her own but still need her mama. I'm looking for a community of fun loving, down to earth people that are on the same journey as I am.... Tue, 26 May 2015 15:29:58 EST The truth is out there I want to believe <link> </link> Sun, 17 May 2015 16:04:01 EST Kindness matters <link><BR>ar/a-gay-6-year-olds-thank-you-to-his-<BR>first-grade-teacher-20-years-later_b_7<BR>186932.html </link> Fri, 15 May 2015 17:29:59 EST B.B. King, Blues Legend, Dead at 89 B.B. King, Blues Legend, Dead at 89 --Brilliant bluesman who inspired a generation of guitarists and singers dies after decades-long battle with diabetes <BR> <BR> <BR> B.B. King, the larger-than-life guitarist and singer who helped popularize electric blues and brought it to audiences for more than six decades, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89. King, who was diagnosed with diabetes nearly 30 years ago, was hospitalized last month due to dehydration. Last October, he was forced to can... Fri, 15 May 2015 08:00:03 EST Hooray for Vienna! Vienna is replacing the little figures in traffic lights with same-sex couples: <link> </link> Thu, 14 May 2015 18:09:37 EST Good news California Transgender teen's inspirational journey from near dropout to prom queen <link><BR>lifornia-trans-teens-inspirational-jou<BR>rney-near-dropout-prom-queen </link> Tue, 12 May 2015 20:04:38 EST Congratu lations! Congratulations to TWEETYKC00 and TODDERICKV for leading the team in Spark points and fitness minutes again for the month of April! <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Sat, 2 May 2015 15:24:40 EST An unexpected but delightful side effect. My doctor prescribed Cardura for my HBP and now I get more and better erections. Hallaluyeh! <em>104</em> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:54:18 EST Great new lesbian ad I'll always stick with credit unions instead of banks, but this ad is wonderful <link><BR>-ad-shows-lesbian-couple-learning-sign<BR>-language-prepare-new-child </link> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:20:59 EST Jenner gender interview Wonder why 16 million people tuned in Friday nite?...........Jim Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:59:49 EST 16 million watch Jenner interview .....why? Wonder what the buzz represents!.........Jim Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:58:14 EST How far we've come.. aka the next generation This is a great story of how gay parents can change the world, one kid at a time. Sent to me by my friend Mary (MEWHENRYSMAMA) on SP. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oodie-got-me-talking-to-my-5-year-olds<BR>-about-gay-rights/ </link> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:32:30 EST Prom date I love this story! <link><BR>vidbadash/straight_high_school_student<BR>_asks_his_gay_best_friend_to_the_prom </link> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:54:05 EST Love must win Check out the #LoveMustWin campaign, and then show that you believe in the freedom to marry: <link> </link> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:58:58 EST Marvel reveals gay character <link><BR>r-is-gay-makes-complete-sense/20?ts_pid=2 </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:27:03 EST exercise a cure for lack of libido? After doing my PT I feel so much better both physically and sexually. I have come across new exercises that seem to stimulate my body that I never felt before! <link>funloving15 </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:33:32 EST Meet the gay couple in Clinton campaign video <link><BR>eet-the-same-sex-couple-in-clinton-cam<BR>paign-video/ </link> <BR> <BR> Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson didn’t know exactly what they were getting into three weeks ago when they agreed to help make a video on behalf of Hillary Clinton. <BR> <BR> The Chicago couple was asked by a friend who works for Organizing for America if they wanted to participate in a video of Americans going through big life changes that were somehow related to Clinton... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:40:38 EST Portraits These Portraits Show Homeless Youth As They Wish To Be Seen <BR> <BR> Homeless youth — as many as 40% of whom identify as LGBT — are captured in a new photo and essay project out next month. A photographer worked with these young people for months to put them in control of their own portrayals. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-portraits-show-homeless-youth-as-the<BR>y-wish-to-be-seen?utm_term=.kvBo5WPjO#<BR>.tfXXxVA7n </link> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:37:34 EST New York Boy Scouts hire gay camp leader despite.. New York Boy Scouts hire gay camp leader despite national anti-gay policy -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The New York Boy Scouts have hired an openly gay Eagle Scout in direct defiance of the scouts’ anti-gay national policies. <BR> <BR> On his 18th birthday, in August 2014, Eagle Scout Pascal Tessier wrote an open letter to the Boy Scouts of America to say goodbye to the organization – because its national policies allow gay scouts but ban gay leaders. <BR> <BR> Now the Greater New York Councils chap... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:37:29 EST March leaders Congratulations to TWEETYKC00 and TODDERICKV for leading the team in Spark points and fitness minutes for the month of March! <BR> <BR> Way to lead and inspire! <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:17:57 EST Google Nose...awesome new product <link> </link> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 07:58:32 EST International Day of Transgender Visibility by Juli Myers <BR> <BR> This will be the seventh year that the International Day of Transgender Visibility is observed, having been founded by a frustrated Rachel Crandall, an American activist, who wanted an observance celebrating the lives of trans people to contrast the only existing observance, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual memorial observed every November. <BR> <BR> Why is it important to observe a day like this? We are already acknowledged and observed as part of the L... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:57:19 EST I love Aaron and Eric on The Walking Dead And I enjoyed receiving this email just now from Faith in American after the season finale: <BR> <BR> Faith In America applauds AMC Television for its introduction of a gay couple during this season of The Walking Dead – a couple who is embraced by the show's other characters. <BR> <BR> Faith In America Executive Director Brent Childers stated the show's handling of sexual orientation in unison with its ongoing handling of various religious themes is a wonderful combination for a television... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:13:17 EST #LoveRules The Supreme Court will receive opposing briefs this Friday that argue against the freedom to marry. Let's show the world that #LoveRules <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:02:41 EST Lawyer proposes 'Kill the Gays' bill in California Lawyer proposes 'Kill the Gays' bill in California -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A attorney in Huntington Beach, California by the name of Matt McLaughlin has spent US$200 to propose a ballot measure to make it legal to execute gay men and lesbians by 'bullets to the head,' or 'any other convenient method.' <BR> <BR> Donald Bentz, executive director for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, has called the move 'terrifying and almost laughable in the same breath', and is worried the measure could actua... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:29:01 EST An LGBT Earthquake Is Happening in Country Music An LGBT Earthquake Is Happening in Country Music -- <BR> <BR> <BR> There’s an earthquake happening in the music genre that has long kept many of us at a lasso-length’s distance. <BR> <BR> More here:<BR>/music/2015/03/18/lgbt-earthquake-happ<BR>ening-country-music Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:28:24 EST Ready for happy news? A 14 year old transgender girl is the beautiful new face of Clean & Clear! <link><BR>ar-old-trans-girl-is-Clean-Clears-new-<BR>face </link> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:45:56 EST Brilliant response to bigotry! A proposed amendment to an anti-LGBT bill that would force public posting of detailed bigotry: <link><BR>pointed-amendment-anti-gay-bill </link> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:07:55 EST One million kids for equality Awesome new movement promoting LOVE <link> </link> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:41:05 EST Inappropriate Spark Mails are being sent out Hello, and long time no see. There have been reports of very inappropriate Spark Mail messages. We've never had this problem before, so this is a warning. If hear from another member receiving such Spark Mails, that person will be reported to Spark People and removed from the group. <BR> <BR> I say this with love and respect. <BR> <BR> Kelly Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:11:03 EST Edie Windsor just keeps being a hero Edie Windsor is the courageous force behind The United States v. Windsor, and she continues moving forward <link><BR>ie-windsor-marriage-equality_n_6653328<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you aren't yet familiar with the gorgeous love story behind one of the most important LGBT legal movements in recent history, please make the time to watch "Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement". Love is a miracle! Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:27:52 EST Still interested in less stress this month? Here's a link to join Osho's free 21-day Meditation for Busy People program, beginning on lucky Friday the 13th <link><BR>egistrationpage.aspx?bookid=235&uaf=51<BR>83906 </link> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:13:16 EST Good news for transgender medical services As a Court Appointed Special Advocate for LGBTQ foster youth, it was SO exciting for me to find out that necessary medical services might be accessible through Medicare and Medi-Cal! This is not a very recent story, but I wanted to share it because I feel like I just hit the jackpot. (My work to help a child through his transition might NOT be all uphill!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dicare-transgender-gender-surgery_n_54<BR>18899.html </link> <BR> <BR> Transg... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:58:53 EST This -n- That <img src=""> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:32:02 EST Protecting LGBT People From Discrimination Is Now Protecting LGBT People From Discrimination Is Now Illegal In Arkansas -- <BR> <BR> <BR> As of Tuesday, it is now law that cities in Arkansas cannot pass ordinances protecting LGBT people from discrimination. That’s because a new bill became law — without Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signing or vetoing — that limits municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to any class not protected by state law. Since state law does not include “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” as prot... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:41:44 EST Queen thinks marriage equality is wonderful This made me smile <link><BR>een-thinks-same-sex-marriage-is-wonder<BR>ful-stephen-fry-claims/ </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:14:42 EST I love San Diego even more now Made me cry. <link><BR>iego-Couple-Shares-First-Ever-Male-Sam<BR>e-Sex-Ceremonial-First-Kiss-291344541.html </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:19:40 EST Gay Love Letters Through the centuries. <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:21:24 EST Lance and Michael Get Married I finally watched Lance Bass and his husband Michael get married on national TV. While I thought the spectacle was truly horrific, I still got choked up at the end when they said their vows, remembering Steve's and my special day nearly 15 years ago. Other than that, I thought it was a terrible example to show the world what a gay wedding looks like. (Supermodels for flower girls - really???) <BR> <BR> At least their parents were pretty cool. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:59:40 EST January Stats and Team Goodies coming soon Thanks for your patience. :) Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:19:54 EST Getting To Know You Extravaganza A - Age: 32 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Single <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Cleaning cooker <BR> <BR> D - Dog's names: Piper <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Cup of tea <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Green <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H – Height: 5’ 5” <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Treble recorder, Descant Recorder, Violin, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Trumpet/Cornet, Euphonium, Tenor Horn <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Full time carer <BR> <BR> K - K... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:46:57 EST Wisdom from a bearded lady Very interesting writing: <BR> <BR> How do I tell a generation of women, pumped full of conditioning that tells them—beauty is the rubric and romance is your reward—that there is no second place and there is no consolation prize when it comes to self-worth? <BR> <BR> How do I convince you that turning down adverse advances is not unwarranted entitlement? That no one deserves settling for what they can get? <BR> <BR> How do I assert that no one who chooses to live out loud is "asking for i... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:23:41 EST Two 17th century gay men Two 17th century gay men <BR> <link><BR>eautiful-and-unbroken-marriage-souls </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:37:46 EST The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2/3/15 On tonight's episode of The Nightly Show (on after Jon Stewart on Comedy Central) will be a discussion of same sex marriage. Larry's format is to focus on one topic for the entire show, with a panel discussion in the middle with representatives from both sides. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 18:19:53 EST Fort Worth Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Fort Worth Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages, Causing Gay Officer To Choke Up On Camera: VIDEO -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Fort Worth will begin recognizing same-sex marriages on Feb. 1. The city announced Wednesday it is extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in other states. <BR> <BR> The city already offers health insurance to same-sex partners, but the decision to begin treating them as spouses will extend equal benefits to other areas, including pension plans. I... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:12:38 EST A Big, Gay Ad Is Going Up Outside Super Bowl Stadi A Big, Gay Ad Is Going Up Outside Super Bowl Stadium -- <BR> <BR> <BR> All eyes will be on Phoenix this Sunday for the Super Bowl. And, many of those eyes will be met by a big, gay-themed ad. <BR> <BR> Dating app Scruff bought a billboard outside the University of Phoenix Stadium, just in time for the big game. The 48-foot ad shows two guys in a locker room making eyes at each other, with the slogan “Play On Our Team.” It’s a plug for the service, obviously, but also a nice addition to th... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:27:41 EST UK McDonald's suspends guard after he told gay man UK McDonald's suspends guard after he told gay man: 'No gay kisses allowed' <BR> <BR> <BR> A McDonald's security guard could lose his job after telling a man who kissed his friend that 'gay kisses were unacceptable'. <BR> <BR> Matthew Dummigan, 23, a dancer and bartender from Leicester (pictured), claims a doorman told him 'no kissing' was allowed after a male friend gave him a peck on the lips. <BR> <BR> More here: <link><BR>k/click?u=9c140b7a8e1b... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:23:06 EST What one man learned wearing makeup for a week <link><BR>s-is-what-one-man-learned-from-wearing<BR>-makeup-for-a-week#.kl7ajlMrA </link> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:52:26 EST Demanding change in TX prisons Ugh, the details are rough, but you can click to ask for peace and justice without reading all the sad stuff if you just click through the link. <BR> <BR> Passion is a transgender woman currently incarcerated in a men's prison in Texas. Since entering the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in 2002, she has been raped, beaten and slashed in the face with a razor. Yet TDCJ officials have ignored her repeated requests for protection, telling her to stop acting gay. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:25:29 EST Google Translate Google is listening to feedback this week after launching a new version of the Google Translate app. If you're interested, you can click here to ask them to remove the anti-gay insults that come up when you try to translate the word gay: <link> </link> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:09:33 EST Empire - new TV show on Fox Lee Daniels Is Using 'Empire' To 'Blow The Lid Off' Homophobia In The Black Community <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-daniels-empire-homophobia-black-_n_6<BR>507274.html </link> <BR> <BR> We've watched the first few episodes. It's well written and "daring" in the sense that any TV show that pushes the boundaries of what it shows on the screen is daring. Taraji P. Henson is brilliant as Cookie, the ex-wife of the lead character, played by Terrance Howard. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:31:28 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:23 EST Martin Luther King, jr. In 2002 we had the honor of meeting Coretta Scott King at a gala celebration put on by the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco, where I was on the board of directors. I thanked her for her support for the LGBT community and her acknowledgement that our civil rights were part of the overall fight for equal rights for all people. She was gracious and warm. I'll post a photo on the team wall of my parents with Mrs. King that I love. <BR> <BR> The Reverend Dr. King's legacy continues,... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:07:17 EST Florida Legalizes Driving While Gay-Married Florida Legalizes Driving While Gay-Married -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Florida has finally legalized driving while gay. Bills to discriminate against gay couples are rapidly multiplying in Texas. And multiple states are still wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to reverse marriage equality. <BR> <BR> More here: <link><BR>orida-legalizes-driving_b_6498472.html<BR>?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592 </link> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:52:22 EST Protecting Indian youth In Goa, India, the Youth Minister just announced a plan to force young gay people into "centres" to “make them normal again” using drugs. He’s claiming he was misquoted, but a video that surfaced online now leaves no doubt that his anti-gay comments were for real. <BR> <BR> Goa is an international tourist destination, and the government knows its global reputation is at risk. Several medical bodies have warned about the danger of trying to "treat" gay people. So dangerous anti-gay talk like ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:30:50 EST Supreme Court! What a miracle that 70% of the states already have marriage equality before the question even goes to the Supreme Court this April. Kind of makes me wonder if all the brilliant angels we miss so much (like Del Martin and Albert Bell) are still working their rainbow activist magic. Certainly wish they could have seen this part. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>otus_grants_review_in_marriage_case.php </link> <BR> <BR> BREAKING: SCOTUS GRANTS REVIEW in Marriage Cases <... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:21:37 EST The 2015 Academy Awards Oscar Nominees have been announced this morning: <link> </link> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:14:41 EST Today only: Stop anti-LGBTQ bill Click to sign petition to the members of the House General Laws Committee of the Virginia General Assembly: Virginia’s proposed anti-gay law could mean that denying service to lesbian, gay, and bi people is perfectly legal. Doctors, teachers, and so many others could refuse to treat and teach people just because of who they love. Please vote ‘no’ on this bill. Throw it out to send a strong message that your state stands up for equality. <link> </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:05:55 EST TLC tonight "My Husband's Not Gay" 10:00pm eastern with a replay at midnight. <BR> Mormon men on parade. <BR> I'll watch it but I'm skeptical, there's a hidden reparative therapy message. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:18:25 EST new looking for friends im back after many years and im so ready to do this... I would also like to make new friends who are wanting to loose weight and find/give support along the way Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:14:26 EST First gay couple are married by a Mennonite Church First gay couple are married by a Mennonite Church in Canada -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Canadian gay couple made history on New Year's Eve, becoming the first ever same-sex couple who are members of the Canadian Mennonite Church to receive a church wedding in their faith. <BR> <BR> Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since July of 2005. <BR> <BR> However the Mennonite church in Saskatchewan province, Canada only decided to allow individual congregations to marry same-sex couples if they w... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 14:15:10 EST New Drag-umentaries We all know that the United States is a big place. Many people, however, only get to see different styles of drag from the queens who perform at their local bars or through their television set while watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. Two new drag documentaries, each filmed on opposite sides of the country, show two vastly different worlds like you’ve never seen them before. <BR> <BR> The first film, “Beautiful by Night,” documents three San Francisco-based drag queens. During the 29-minute film, ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:43:45 EST Monday Blues A lot of sickness in our household this morning. Steve took Stella outside at about 1am, and while carrying her down the stairs, she threw up all over him. She wouldn't eat her food this morning, and she just wants to curl up in my lap or on her blanket on the sofa in the family room. Sherman is hiding under the bed and won't come out. Steve said he's been favoring his back legs, which probably means that he's got some kind of tummy trouble too. He did eat this morning, so he can't be feeling... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:00:15 EST Saturday Chuckle Saw this today and it gave me a chuckle. He's got it goin' on! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gHC_Ycw </link> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:41:06 EST December Stats: Final I'm glad that I'm able to do this again. With all of the changes with Spark, it was impossible to give out Spark Goodies to those who didn't post to the group within 30-days. I'm glad there is a work around. Happy New Year everyone! <BR> <BR> By the way, I had to do a work around on most of the Team Spark Goodies because most of the members have not posted anything into the threads withing the last 30-days. Not to be offensive and of course you can do as you please, but the co-leads work har... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:39:31 EST 1.1.2015 What's In Store What do you want to see happen for us in the new year? There have been so many positive changes in recent times, what would you hope for now? What will you be doing new this year? Stop on by and share. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:25:32 EST January Challenge: "Destress and Work on Our Minds This is something new for the team that we haven't tried before. Being healthy also means having good mental health. Since the holiday season (a high stressor) is over and being in the winter, let's concentrate on our mental health a little bit. This month, the challenge is to do either meditation, yoga, pilates, tai-chi, or a combination of both that will help ground you and relax your body. There are tons of youtube videos for this and if you decide to do Tai-Chi, I recommend looking up Sc... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:06:07 EST Author Annie Proulx regrets writing ‘Brokeback Mou Author Annie Proulx regrets writing ‘Brokeback Mountain’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Authors have to accept that a published book takes on a life of its own, even if it means being sent alternative endings by readers. <BR> <BR> Part of becoming an adult involves accepting that we have no control over what other people think about us. It is an especially difficult lesson to learn for artists, who are hawking a larger portion of themselves in the marketplace than, say, a fishmonger or a mechanic. When... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:05:51 EST Nick Jonas is proud his TV character is gay Nick Jonas is proud his TV character is gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to playing a gay character, Nick Jonas is all in. The about to end year has been all about the pop singer turned actor. From hanging out in gay clubs, releasing a solo album, and appearing in a TV drama the youngest Jonas seems to have put aside the purity ring. <BR> <BR> He sat down with Entertainment Weekly and discussed the past year. The talk covered everything, but his comments about the DirectTV drama Kingdo... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:48:39 EST LGBT Dessert Here's the perfect dessert for your next party: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/?src=share_fb_new_29923 </link> <BR> <BR> Just remember to watch your portion size! Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:12:01 EST Getting To Know You Extravaganza A - Age: 37 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Twin <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Vacuuming <BR> <BR> D - Dog's names: Shane <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee, Vitamin C & Orange juice <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Gray <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5'3" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): piano, very briefly <BR> <BR> J - Job title: animal tech & art instructor <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 3 girls, 1 boy <BR> <BR> L - Living arrangements: Live with... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:29:38 EST Supreme Court's refusal to hear marriage cases top Supreme Court's refusal to hear marriage cases tops 2014 news -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The United States Supreme Court refused to hear appeals seeking to preserve bans on marriage for same-sex couples. President Barack Obama finally signed a long-sought executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal contractors. <BR> <BR> Oh, yes, and the Republican Party won a majority in the Senate. <BR> <BR> Those are some of the important events for LGBT people in 2014 – a year packed with man... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:35:39 EST Inspiration The only disability in life is a bad attitude! <BR> <BR> Deep respect to these inspiring athletes <link> </link> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:01:50 EST The Try Guys I love the Try Guys! <BR> <BR> Here's their first try at drag: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Fierce! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:07:29 EST New protections for Trans workers From NPR: U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:26:54 EST Born This Way? What's your take? <link> </link> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:43:41 EST Favorite holiday songs? With a link if you can! <BR> <BR> I really enjoy some of the quirky stuff like <BR> <BR> Nina Hagen's Mary X-mas <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Shir Soul's Dreidel song (a capella with beatboxing) <link> </link> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:36:24 EST US swimming champ Tom Luchsinger overcomes self- US swimming champ Tom Luchsinger overcomes self loathing to come out as gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> When Tom Luchsinger won the 200m Butterly at the US National Championships in June of 2013, the pressure of being a closeted gay man multiplied. <BR> <BR> All of a sudden he was projected to make the 2016 Olympic Team and was getting attention from fans, had a sponsor, and felt a new responsibility to keep the swimming community updated on the majority of his life. <BR> <BR> It was a life that... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:41:06 EST Is 'Undetectable' the New Safe Sex Is 'Undetectable' the New Safe Sex -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The landmark Partner study that everyone is talking about—which tracked HIV transmission risk through condomless sex if the HIV-positive partner is on suppressive antiretroviral medication—has so far found not even one case of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus to a partner. But people in your everyday life may still be a little disbelieving. <BR> <BR> “The most common response I get from disbel... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:15:29 EST 12.14: Hello Good afternoon, I hope your weekend was a good one and that you're enjoying the day. I just wanted to say welcome to all of the new members and I hope you're finding your away around Spark. If you have any trouble, just shoot me a Spark Message. <BR> <BR> To the older members, you've been missed and I hope all is well your way as well. <BR> <BR> December is tough month to lose weight; however, I've been reading some blogs and there a few of you who've already attended some holiday parties ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:18:25 EST Gay belly dancers in Istanbul Two of my favorite things! Belly dance and queer subculture <link><BR>inside-world-istanbuls-male-belly-danc<BR>ers-180953539/?no-ist </link> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:52:08 EST Giving the Gift of Zen Giving the Gift of Zen -- <BR> <BR> <BR> "I just want clean lines and surfaces. I don't want things on places!" <BR> Edina (Jennifer Saunders)/"Absolutely Fabulous" <BR> <BR> More than most, apartment dwellers fight a constant battle of "Space Vs. Things." And especially around the holidays, things usually win. <BR> <BR> For those of us with too much stuff and too little space, this season the best gift we can ask Santa for might be the "Gift of Zen" -- cleaning, organizing, compressing,... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:11:46 EST Gay Model in Controversial 'Ex-Gay' Billboard is ' Gay Model in Controversial 'Ex-Gay' Billboard is 'Shocked' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The male model used in a controversial billboard in Richmond, Va., that is making headlines this week, is speaking out about his face being used on the "ex-gay" organization's anti-gay ad, saying he is "shocked," NBC 12 reports. <BR> <BR> It was reported earlier this week that the "ex-gay" group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) erected a billboard on I-95 in Richmond, Va., that promotes the controversial conv... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:08:14 EST PLEASE READ for ALL MEMBERS NEW AND OLD*********** Remember when you meet the team stats, you received a team spark goodie? I had to stop that due to the changes that Spark has made. A Spark Goodie can only be given to a member who has posted to the group at least 1 time within the last 30 days. You can post or reply to another member's post every 30 days in order to receive a team spark goodie if you meet the team stats the following month. I know that not everyone likes to post and prefer to do their own thing; however, if you want that Spa... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:46:06 EST 12.11: Team Update Again, I'm sorry that I've been absent for a few weeks, while I was in training on a FB group. The training is finished and now I can continue on with Spark as well, which I'm happy about. I've missed you guys. I want to thank the co-leads and the members of the group for keeping the group active. You all make a difference. <BR> <BR> With that said, there are going to be some changes with the group. Our co-leads had specific days that they posted on. That is no longer in place. Instead, a c... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:42:23 EST 12.11.2014 Seoul Sit In There are protesters in Seoul that are making a stand, or sit if you like, for the equal rights promised to the LGBT community with a recently passed with the Seoul Charter of Human Rights to help bring equality to South Korea. The protest stems from the mayor denying the rights guaranteed within the new laws that he had helped to get underway. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oul-rainbow-action-protesters_n_629640<BR>6.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:57:09 EST Rainy Day Activities We are supposed to get the "storm of the year" starting tonight and all day tomorrow. I'll be exercising for sure, but probably not outside! <BR> <BR> What are your favorite rainy day activities? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:24:33 EST Add Me As Your Facebook Friend Hello team, <BR> <BR> I apologize that I haven't posted lately. I recently discovered a group on Facebook called International HIV/AIDS and those who support us group. It has over 10,800 members from all over the world. I'll be mostly on Facebook; however, I will also be checking things out on here. If you want to add me as your Facebook friend, simply do a search of my email address, which is <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to seeing you there too. <BR> <BR> In the mea... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:31:53 EST 12.10.2014 Big Step For New Yorkers The state of New York will now be making changes so that transgender people can have their birth certificates changed to reflect their true gender without requiring surgery first. It's a big step and a first so far. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-york-transgender-birt_n_6290590.html<BR>?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:48:13 EST Olympics: Any country with anti-gay laws could now Olympics: Any country with anti-gay laws could now be banned from hosting -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Olympics has taken a huge step forward in protecting gay rights. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved Proposal 14 of the Olympic Agenda 2020 to include non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientation in Principle 6 at a vote in Monaco today (8 December). <BR> <BR> Principle 6 originally read: 'Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race,... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:33:30 EST The boy with two moms This is the story of Zach Wahls who, when he was 19, gave a speech to defend his family. He was trying to stop a proposed ban on same-sex marriage. His speech was as personal as it gets—because Zach was raised by two moms. <BR> <BR> That speech changed the world. It became one of the most viral political videos ever on YouTube—and for the tens of millions of people who saw it, it ended the myth that gay parents are bad for kids. And after that speech, Zach took on another fight, and changed... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:28:41 EST Olympian comes out Eric Radford has an Olympic silver medal in figure skating. Now he aims for a gold medal in 2018 - with his skating partner Meagan Duhamel - as an openly gay man. <link><BR>eric-radford-gay-figure-skater </link> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:56:23 EST Favorite exercise video? Found the New York City Ballet work out DVDs at my public library and they are AMAZING! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:53:16 EST Our Favorite Christmas Movies! <em>444</em> <em>272</em> <em>446</em> <em>272</em> <em>445</em> <em>272</em> <em>460</em> <BR> What are some of your favorite Christmas Movies? Feel free to list more than one, (who can have just one). So many to pick from. Do you know why this/these particular movie/movies are near and dear? Have fun with it <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:42:29 EST Lesbian widow wins survivor benefits The widow of a woman who pushed to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island before she died of cancer will be entitled to her Social Security benefits after a yearslong fight to get them, an LGBT advocacy group said Thursday. <BR> <BR> Deborah Tevyaw received more than $30,000 in back benefits on Monday, according to Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. Her wife, Patricia Baker, died in 2011. They married in 2005 in Massachusetts but lived in Rhode Island. <BR> <BR> “Nothing can bring bac... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:39:26 EST Ellen and Portia's holiday greeting Ellen, once again, proved that she is Queen of clever and funny when she released her holiday greeting card. Inspired by Kim Kardashian's cover for Paper Magazine, she and Portia wishes fans, family, and friends a "shiny New Year" with their naked, photo shopped bums gleaming right at us. <BR> <BR> Ellen has had quite a year. She's in her 12th season of her talk show with notable guests such as Jennifer Aniston and President Bill Clinton, she hosted the Oscars, and Portia is starring on ABC'... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:35:53 EST 12.4.2014 Planting Peace Gets Unusual Recruit It's always comforting to hear when someone stops being a hater and helps the cause, but when its someone who was part of a significant group of haters, that is even better! Grace Phelps, a former member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, has left them and is working with Planting Peace! She has been inspired by the awful treatment of the gay community around the world, especially in Jamaica. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>anting-peace-lgbt-homeless_n_... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:02:30 EST 12.3.2014 Some Progress In Poland! Robert Biedron is the first openly gay mayor in Poland. His coming out has also help pave the way for other politicians come out there. He is hopeful of more change and acceptance from the public. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bert-biedron-poland-gay-mayor-_n_62486<BR>48.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:12:00 EST Does a "diet book" motivate you? I happened to watch Dr. Phil today (not, I repeat NOT, a regular occurrence LOL), and he was promoting his new book "The 20/20 Diet." He had an audience full of people who struggle with their weight, and his main guests were all women who are overweight and so full of self-loathing that they can't/won't get their nutrition under control. His new book claims to deal with the emotional baggage that causes people to overeat, while also providing an eating plan to help jump-start the weight loss ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:36:29 EST Corrected "Birth" Announcement For Trans Son Good parents love their children unconditionally, but these parents took their acceptance for their son's identity one step further. They took out a birth announcement in the Brisbane Courier Mail many years after he was actually born, and it might be the cutest thing ever to appear in print. <link><BR>rans-son-birth-announcement/?v=1 </link> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:12:40 EST December progress Want to commit to your goals for the month here? <BR> <BR> Track progress? <BR> <BR> Get support? Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:34:44 EST Indian march for LGBTQ rights! Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi on Sunday to demand an end to discrimination against gays in India's deeply conservative society. <BR> <BR> Holding balloons, flags and placards, activists and their supporters sang songs and danced to the beat of Indian drums as they held hands and walked in the rally, which has been held annually over the past few years. Many wore multi-colored wigs, while others wore face masks or had painted their faces. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:59:31 EST Three great Trans stories New defense department policy could allow open Trans service <link><BR>014/11/28/report-new-defense-dept-poli<BR>cy-could-allow-open-trans-service </link> <BR> <BR> Meet New York's first trans firefighter <link><BR>irst-and-only-trans-woman-firefighter-<BR>1648678834 </link> <BR> <BR> Blue Montana's amazing speech calling himself out on his own male privilege at San Diego's Transgender Day of Remembrance (because ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:43:49 EST 11.27.2014 Thanksgiving Well, it is that time of year. I thought we could all find a few things here that we are grateful for. There has been so much good news for everyone all around, let's share what we are thankful for now. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my spark friends and all of the great people here! Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:47:35 EST 11.26.2014 2 More Marrieage Bans Go Down The same sex marriage bans have been struck down in Arkansas and Mississippi now! Whoohoo, we are working our way closer to all 50 states! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kansas-gay-marriage_n_6222010.html?utm<BR>_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices </link> <link><BR>ssissippi- <BR> gay-marriage_n_6222670.html?utm_hp_ref=g<BR>ay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices </link> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:05:05 EST OK to Exercise with Strangers in the House? I have workers in the house for the next 3 days installing new ductwork, air conditioning coil and condenser, hot water heater, and insulation. They will be in and out (mostly in) until we leave for the lake on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Is it ok if I work out while they're in the house? Should I ask them to join me? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:42:34 EST Gorgeous! Men dancing an exquisite tango together <link> </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:58:00 EST Looking for SparkFriends Hi folks! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some SparkFriends that can partner with me and help me stay motivated. Any and all suggestions and coaching is greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Have a great rest of the week! <BR> <BR> Steve Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:37:43 EST 11.20.2014 John Smid Marries In a twist, a good one at that, John Smid one of the former leaders in the Ex Gay movement has married his partner Larry McQueen this month. If that doesn't help send a message of love and that the therapy does not work, I don't know what would. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>45a22701563a206hy.lif/VG0TVkmOBWf_kMFt<BR>B94e2 </link> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:50:26 EST This will make you smile Dad accidentally discovers his teenage son is gay and handles it like a real man <link><BR>covers-his-teenage-son-is-gay-and-hand<BR>les-it-like-a-real-man-20141117 </link> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:49:04 EST 11.19.2014 The Final Fight For Marriage? As a few of the last remaining states have battles over same sex marriage bans, Michigan's fight is going to the Supreme Court and hopefully on the fast track. The couple that fought the state courts has petitioned the Supreme Court to deal with the ban. This could be the final push for the bans in other states to be forced out of the way. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>preme-court-gay-marriage-petitions-apr<BR>il-deboer-jayne-rowse_n_6174300.html?u<BR>tm_h... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:41:18 EST In the Gay Wing of L.A. Men's Central Jail In the Gay Wing of L.A. Men's Central Jail, It's Not Shanks and Muggings But Hand-Sewn Gowns and Tears <link><BR>/in-the-gay-wing-of-la-mens-central-ja<BR>il-its-not-shanks-and-muggings-but-han<BR>d-sewn-gowns-and-tears </link> <BR> <BR> With rouged lips, long hair and a strut that would give Naomi Campbell pause, Dave Williams, 47, works the 75-foot runway that stretches between crowded rows of green chipped-paint bunk beds at the L.A. County Sheriff’s... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:56:26 EST Lesbian- approved movies 11 Lesbian-Approved Movies We Can't Wait to See This Holiday Season <link><BR>lesbian-approved-movies-we-cant-wait-s<BR>ee-holiday-season-2014 </link> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:19:56 EST Out Man Just Made College Basketball History College basketball had a first for the history books on Friday, with Derrick Gordon playing his first game while openly gay. <BR> <BR> Gordon, who came out on April 9, is the first openly gay man to play a game of Division I men's basketball. And he scored 17 points, plus grabbing nine rebounds, in a U-Mass win over Siena 95-87. <BR> <BR> The moment attracted attention from ESPN, The New York Times, Boston Globe and more. Gordon has also just been honored as one of this year's OUT100. <BR... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:07:28 EST Photos: Queens Take Over WeHo for Drag Pageant Check out the fabulous looks of the contestants of The Drag Pageant, which was hosted by Jessica and Hunter at Micky's in West Hollywood: <link><BR>e/2014/11/14/photos-soco-queens-take-o<BR>ver-mickys-drag-pageant </link> <BR> <BR> Micky's in West Hollywood has long been celebrated for its drag shows, which has featured some of the world's most fabulous performers (including Lady Gaga!). Last Thursday, a bevy of gender-bending stars returned to the stag... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:41:37 EST 11.13.2014 Kentucky Baptists Denounce A Church On Tuesday, a group of baptists in Kentucky voted to severe all ties with Crescent Hill Baptist Church. This church is open to welcoming gays and lesbians into the church and performing same sex weddings. I'm hoping that more churches will follow their example. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ntucky-baptists-gay-friendly-church_n_<BR>6140954.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=<BR>Gay%20Voices </link> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:04:27 EST South Carolina Fourth circuit rules, even if the sixth circuit drools. <BR> <BR> A federal judge has ruled South Carolina’s marriage ban unconstitutional <link> </link> . The decision has been stayed until November 20. South Carolina is the 4th and final state in the Fourth Circuit to win marriage equality since AFER’s victory in Bostic v. Schaefer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:41:52 EST 11.12.2014 Sending Out Love After Attack Last week a college student was punched for kissing his boyfriend while they were out walking. A perfect stranger attacked him for it and then took off. could he have become bitter, sure, but instead he sent out a tweet of tolerance and it is great! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>45a22701563a1zb9s.ktm/VGKJkcPobtPxpD21<BR>Bb8a8 </link> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:42:54 EST Bangladeshi Hijras Show Their Pride One year after the Bangladesh government formally recognized a third gender, the nation's hijras celebrated with their first-ever Pride parade. <BR> <BR> It's been a year since the south Asian nation of Bangladesh formally recognized a third gender, giving unprecedented visibility for individuals known locally as hijra. <BR> <BR> More than 1000 people took to the streets of Dhaka on Monday to participate in the country's first Pride march, reports U.K. LGBT outlet PinkNews. Participants w... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:04:46 EST Movies that changed how we felt about ourselves Movies and popular culture have an indelible impact on developing mindsets. The significance can even be more profound when you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), given that representation of the community in Hollywood is still limited. <BR> <BR> Still, there have been some true cinematic milestones portraying LGBT lifestyles over the years. "Boys Don't Cry," "Brokeback Mountain" and "Milk" have nabbed Oscars, while "Velvet Goldmine" and "A Beautiful Thing" enjoy cult ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:00:57 EST Do-over wedding in Coronado (This story mattered a lot to me, since my wife and I really enjoy how safe and beautiful it seems walking in Coronado on the weekends and seeing all of the happy weddings there.) <BR> <BR> At their wedding in a Coronado park in August, Oscar de Las Salas and Gary Jackson were heckled with ugly gay slurs. A group of Coronado residents and businesses banded together for a do-over at the Coronado Loews. <BR> <BR> The grooms wore matching gray suits, freshly-pressed shirts and gleaming smiles... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:49:27 EST First openly gay Attorney General! Democrat Maura Healey was elected attorney general in Massachusetts on Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay attorney general in the country. <BR> <BR> Healey won a competitive primary against former state Sen. Warren Tolman (D) earlier this year. She easily defeated Republican John Miller on Tuesday by a vote of 62 percent to 38 percent, according to an ABC affiliate in Boston. <BR> <BR> EMILY's List, a progressive PAC that supports pro-choice Democratic women, helped Healey win her prima... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:52:31 EST Harvard offers anal sex class for beginners Harvard offers anal sex class for beginners -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Harvard University offered a introductory course in anal sex as part of its sex week. <BR> <BR> What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101 covers anal anatomy, basic preparation and hygiene, lubes, anal toys, safer sex and anal penetration for beginners. <BR> <BR> The workshop was taught by experts from Good Vibrations sex shop and aims to ‘dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well.... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:00:45 EST Dallas voters approve protections for LGBT city... Dallas voters approve protections for LGBT city employees -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, 4 November, voters in Dallas overwhelmingly approved protection for city employees from anti-LGBT discrimination. <BR> <BR> According to Lone Star Q, the resolution to include 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity and expression' in the city's constitution was approved by 77%; only 23% of voters were opposed. <BR> <BR> The proposal, called Proposition No. 4, also included protection for color, a... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:55:42 EST Two arrested after attack on gay teen in London Two men arrested after attack on gay teen in London -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Two men have been arrested in connection to a violent attack on a gay teen and his friend in London. <BR> <BR> Earlier this week, the victims came forward to say they were attacked by two men in pink tutus near a KFC in Surbiton, a surburban area of south-west London, shortly after 1am on Saturday (1 November). <BR> <BR> It is believed the two were walking along Victoria Road when they passed a group of men and women.... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:53:27 EST Christian university in Korea: 'No jobs for homose Christian university in Korea: 'No jobs for homosexuals' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Christian university in South Korea has told gay people they are not welcome to apply for jobs on their campus. <BR> <BR> 'Drinking, smoking and homosexuality are not allowed,' the ad for an English language teacher job posted by Korea Nazarene University reads. <BR> <BR> The full job application also includes a 'self health check list'. Questions include 'Are OR were you HIV (AIDS) positive?' and 'Have you had... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:51:16 EST Colorado elects 'demon hunter' who wants to 'cure' Colorado elects 'demon hunter' who wants to 'cure' LGBT teens by 'spanking' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A man who believes LGBTI teens are 'possessed by demons', gay people want to 'steal your soul' and same-sex couples sexually assault their children is now an elected lawmaker in Colorado. <BR> <BR> Gordon 'Dr Chaps' Klingenschmitt is a radical anti-gay member of the religious right, and is now sitting in the Colorado House of Representatives. <BR> <BR> The former Navy chaplain's win isn't exa... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:47:33 EST New York City pastor: Starbucks flavors lattes wit New York City pastor: Starbucks flavors lattes with 'semen of sodomites' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A notoriously anti-gay New York City pastor has said Starbucks flavors its coffee with the 'semen of sodomites.' <BR> <BR> James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church said on his video blog, The Manning Report, that semen was the secret ingredient in the coffee shop chain's lattes. <BR> <BR> ‘Starbuck is taking specimens of male semen and putting it in the blends of their lattes, he sa... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:43:38 EST Gay actor Ben Whishaw: 'It was very hard to come.. Gay actor Ben Whishaw: 'It was very hard to come out with dignity' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Gay actor Ben Whishaw has opened up about coming out, saying it was very hard to do it in public with 'dignity'. <BR> <BR> The 34-year-old Brit, who starred as Q in the James Bond movie Skyfall, says he is very proud and grateful the way it happened. <BR> <BR> Last year due to ongoing speculation, Whishaw's representative confirmed the actor was in a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Brad... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:41:05 EST New Zealand Olympic rower Robbie Manson comes out New Zealand Olympic rower Robbie Manson comes out publicly as gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Olympic rower Robbie Manson has come out publicly as a gay man two years after representing New Zealand in the 2012 Summer Olympics. <BR> <BR> Manson writes in a column for Outsports posted Tuesday (4 November) that he had come out to his teammates prior to those Olympics and now he's come out to the world. <BR> <BR> 'I have learned so much about myself and what it means to be gay over the past couple of ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:38:18 EST Disappointing news today for marriage equality The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld bans on marriage for same-sex couples in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. It's the first time since the Supreme Court's 2013 Windsor decision that a federal appeals court has ruled against marriage equality. And it's a saddening departure from recent decisions by the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuits. <BR> <BR> Looks like U.S. Supreme Court will now have the final decision on marriage equality: <link><BR>cs/app... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:51:35 EST 11.6.2014 Hope For Montenegro? There have been attempts in the past for peaceful times for the gay community in Montenegro, but things didn't usually go well. The police and government allowed attacks on the marchers, until this year that is. Could there be hope as the government tries to join the EU? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ntenegro-gay-pride-parade-_n_6091060.h<BR>tml?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:36:21 EST Missouri! BREAKING: A Missouri Circuit Judge has ruled that the state’s ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The ruling takes effect immediately in St. Louis and paves the way for marriage equality across the entire Show Me State. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:28:41 EST 11.5.2014 A Letter Everyone Should See Sometimes we see something that shows us a strong love and other times we see things that prove that we are strong in the community, but we also see things that can be both and this letter is one of those! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>45a22701563a1yk8w.krj/VFlS5kmO34lZ6d2q<BR>Ce71a </link> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:35:35 EST And Kansas makes 33! U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled that Kansas’ marriage equality ban violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law! Same sex marriage can be officially granted as of November 11th! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 00:57:20 EST Top US professional strongman Rob Kearney comes ou Top US professional strongman Rob Kearney comes out as gay, acknowledges boyfriend -- <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the world’s top strength athletes has come out as gay, acknowledging his boyfriend on Facebook. Weightlifter and fitness coach Rob Kearney came second in last year’s World’s Strongest Man competition. <BR> <BR> However prior to 21 October he had not publicly acknowledged that he is gay or that he is in a relationship. That day he posted to Facebook using the hashtag #MCM – short for ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:03:52 EST Russia tears down tribute to Apple's Steve Jobs as Russia tears down tribute to Apple's Steve Jobs as Tim Cook is gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Russian memorial to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has been torn down as CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay. <BR> <BR> The tribute, a giant six foot iPhone with a large screen and QR code showing moments from Jobs' life, was taken down by the company that funded its erection in 2013. <BR> <BR> ZEFS claimed they needed to tear it down in order to abide by the law banning 'gay propaganda'. The memoria... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:59:23 EST MO House Finds No Way To Challenge Same-Sex... House Finds No Way To Challenge Same-Sex Marriage Ruling-- <BR> <BR> <BR> JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State lawmakers have found that there is nothing they can do to fight to uphold Missouri's prohibition of same-sex marriage, but the Speaker of the House tells Missourinet the issue might not be settled. <BR> <BR> Attorney General Chris Koster announced October 6 he would not challenge the ruling of a Kansas City judge that would mean Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages from other states... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:13:59 EST Tim Cook's coming out applauded by finance guru Su Tim Cook's coming out applauded by finance guru Suze Orman who was pushed out in 2007-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Finance guru Suze Orman says she's happy to see Apple CEO Tim Cook come out on his own terms this week. 'Tim Cook's coming out publicly will be the door opener for a lot of other people that so want to come out but they're just afraid to do so,' Orman tells CNN. <BR> <BR> While Orman is now one of the most well-known lesbians in the US, she was not ready to be outed publicly in 2007 in an... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:12:01 EST Swiss newspaper: ‘Tim Cook coming out was arrogant Swiss newspaper: ‘Tim Cook coming out was arrogant and unprofessional’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Swiss daily newspaper has had to apologize after criticizing US Apple CEO Tim Cook for coming out as gay this week. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung is a Swiss, German-language newspaper which is published in Zurich. On Thursday 30 November the paper published an article entitled: ‘The coming out of Tim cook: missions, power and abuse.’ <BR> <BR> The piece attacked Cook for coming out as such a high-profile... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:08:09 EST 6 North Carolina magistrates quit after request to 6 North Carolina magistrates quit after request to not officiate same-sex weddings was denied -- <BR> <BR> <BR> At least six magistrates in North Carolina have resigned rather than be forced to officiate same-sex weddings after a federal court decision legalized same-sex unions in the state on October 10, the Charlotte Observer reported this week. <BR> <BR> When the federal decision was handed down, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said all state agencies would comply. State Senator Phi... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:05:41 EST Woman's Day features groundbreaking Trans article Woman's Day broke ground recently with an article featuring a Christian mother and her transgender son. <BR> <BR> The story, titled "The Son God Gave Me," was published in the October 2014 issue of the lifestyle magazine and focused on Gina Kentopp and her transgender son, Kyle. <BR> <BR> Kentopp told Women's Day she reconciled her traditional Christian faith with acceptance of her child after reading the memoir of a gay Christian. <BR> <BR> "Instead of asking God to change your child, the... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:43:10 EST Texas teen lured to skate park for gay-bashing, .. Texas teen lured to skate park for gay-bashing, then insulted by cops: activists-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Civil rights activists say police in Texas have not properly investigated the brutal gay-bashing of a teenager, and they’re asking the FBI to file hate crime charges in the case. <BR> <BR> Dylan Beard bit through his tongue and suffered chipped teeth, a broken nose, a black eye, and other injuries when he was beaten by two friends and a 17-year-old girl, reported the Houston Chronicle. <BR> <... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:33:36 EST The Worst Places To Seek Refuge During The Zombie The Worst Places To Seek Refuge During The Zombie Apocalypse-- <BR> <BR> <BR> If and when the zombie apocalypse is nigh, we will all have to make one monumental decision: Where to seek refuge? <BR> <BR> Steer clear of the 25 cities on the map below, produced by real-estate website Trulia. Unless you're a zombie, in which case, live it up! (Oh wait, you can't.) <BR> <BR> When the undead rise up, hitting the beach in zombie-free bliss will not be an option. Honolulu is ranked as the most ap... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:58:10 EST Eric Martin: BULLIED ENOUGH! Eric Martin: BULLIED ENOUGH!-- <BR> <BR> <BR> UPDATE #2: As the needle rises in our campaign to help Eric Martin, so does the number of people sending him cards and letters of encouragement, support and love! On behalf of the entire Martin Family and myself, we would like to thank each and everyone of you for your love and support! Eric is healing and recovering. The cards and letters have been a constant source of inspiration and validation for him. All have touched him deeply. <BR> For... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:54:10 EST Philadelphia approves LGBT hate crime law followin Philadelphia approves LGBT hate crime law following attack on same-sex couple-- <BR> <BR> <BR> PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s city council has passed a bill authorizing added penalties for gender identity and sexual orientation hate crimes that aren’t covered under state law. <BR> <BR> The administration-backed bill won unanimous approval Thursday. Mayor Michael Nutter has two weeks to sign it into law. <BR> <BR> Backers say the bill fixes a gap in state law exposed by an assault last mont... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:49:08 EST New York pastor: 'upscale sodomites' spread Ebola New York pastor: 'upscale sodomites' spread Ebola at Starbucks-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A notoriously anti-gay New York pastor has said 'upscale sodomites' are spreading Ebola at Starbucks. <BR> <BR> Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem warned viewers of his video blog, The Manning Report, to stay way from the coffee shop chain, especially in urban areas. <BR> <BR> 'Starbucks coffee stores are indeed ground zero for spreading Ebola and other diseases, because... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:47:47 EST Singapore's top court upholds anti-gay law Singapore's top court upholds anti-gay law-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Singapore's highest court today ruled the country's sodomy law which criminalizes gay sex is constitutional. <BR> <BR> The Court of Appeal found that section 377A of the penal code did not infringe on the rights of 51-year-old artistic therapist and social volunteer Tan Eng Hong. <BR> <BR> Tan was arrested for having in oral sex with man in a public toilet in 2010. He contested the law but the High Court dismissed his applicati... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:45:41 EST BarbWire Runs Column By 'Theonomist' Who Backs... BarbWire Runs Column By 'Theonomist' Who Backs Execution Of Gays-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Stallings is identified on BarbWire as a “Political Theonomist.” That’s a term used by Christian Reconstructionists who believe government should be enforcing their interpretation of Old Testament law, like Gary North and Michelle Bachman mentor John Eidsmoe. <BR> <BR> Turns out that’s exactly what Stallings believes. His Twitter feed links to a Christian radio show on which he spent nearly half an hour on A... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:43:35 EST Man charged with 'vicious' murder of person who... Man charged with 'vicious' murder of person who answered his Craigslist sex ad-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Manuel Hakimian answered a Craigslist ad posted by a man who wrote that he was looking for sex. Answering the ad cost Hakimian his life. <BR> <BR> Authorities in Philadelphia say the ad was posted by Chad Marshall Wilcox whothey have charged with murdering Hakimian in his own home then robbing him of his cellphone, computer, wallet and car. <BR> <BR> Wilcox then went on the run across several... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:39:55 EST Gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church files legal... Gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church files legal brief to save Kansas from God’s wrath-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The anti-LGBT Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) filed a 22-page legal brief on Sunday demanding Kansas allow it to legally challenge same-sex marriage in order to protect the state from God’s wrath, the Washington Blade reports. <BR> <BR> “If this Court requires Kansas officials to treat what God has called abominable as something to be respected, revered, and blessed with the seal-of-approval... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:37:12 EST Florida man who attacked drag queen while wearing Florida man who attacked drag queen while wearing ‘ironic’ KKK costume running for mayor-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Florida man who was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in 2012 for donning an ironic Ku Klux Klan outfit and attacking a drag queen with a tiki torch is running for mayor of Wilton Manors, the New Times reports. <BR> <BR> At a Halloween party in 2012, Boyd Corbin attended a costume party wearing a striped KKK costume and a sign that said, “Stop the race war against whites. Vot... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:35:11 EST NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in European airspace-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Brussels (AFP) - NATO said Wednesday it had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes "conducting significant military manoeuvres" in European airspace over the past two days. <BR> <BR> "These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said. <BR> <BR> The planes, which included strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft, were dete... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:53:30 EST Dolly Parton: Anti-gay Christians are 'sinners' Dolly Parton: Anti-gay Christians are 'sinners'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Dolly Parton has said anti-gay Christians who use the Bible to spout idiotic views are the real 'sinners'. <BR> <BR> The country legend and Christian star said she will always love her gay fans after she was asked why she thinks she became an icon. <BR> <BR> Speaking to Billboard, she said: 'They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people. I've struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understo... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:50:55 EST Bill Clinton urges on gay activists Bill Clinton urges on gay activists-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Former US President Bill Clinton last night urged LGBTI activists to continue fighting for equality following recent victories for gay marriage advocates. <BR> <BR> 'I’ve never seen a civil rights movement, at least in our country, move as far and as fast as your movement, ever,' he said at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) annual dinner in Washington DC. <BR> <BR> Since the beginning of October, the number of states that allow gay marria... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:48:05 EST 10.30.2014 Frank Shaefer 'Refrocked' Frank Shaefer, the Methodist minister that was defrocked earlier due to his refusal to accept the homophobic views of the church, has been reinstated by law. It is a major step forward, even if it had to go through the courts to happen. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>45a22701563a1xyi1.i6/VFFdCUmOJSWp1ztNC<BR>3229 </link> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:49:49 EST 10.29.2014 Homophobic Man Gets Wakeup Call An angry man in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was taken down Texas style when he began to beat and rant another passenger as he thought the man he was beating was gay. After the man was arrested, he continued to taunt the man he attacked and even went on to make ignorant remarks to the arresting officers. The group of strangers that helped take down the man said they just saw someone in trouble and had to try and stop it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>45a22... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:19:50 EST US magazine Family Circle defends decision to... US magazine Family Circle defends decision to feature gay dads amidst backlash-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Readers of Family Circle, an 82-year-old American women's magazine, were introduced to Chris Osner-Hackett and Bob Osner-Hackett of Michigan, alongside their daughters Cai and Ava. It's the first time the magazine has featured a gay couple talking about their family life, parenting styles, and chaotic dinnertimes in the magazine's new column, 'Modern Life.' <BR> <BR> Aside from discussing homema... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:50:15 EST Evangelical ethicist David Gushee is now pro-LGBT. Evangelical ethicist David Gushee is now pro-LGBT. Here’s why it matters.-- <BR> <BR> <BR> NEW YORK — At a moment when American churches and politicians are warring over gay rights and same-sex marriage, each side needs every soldier it can muster. Conservatives are about to learn that one of America’s leading evangelical ethicists is defecting to the opposition. <BR> <BR> David Gushee, a professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University, a Baptist-rooted college and divinity school in Ge... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:46:57 EST Madonna reacts to Italian nun’s bizarre cover of.. Madonna reacts to Italian nun’s bizarre cover of ‘Like A Virgin’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> We know that the Pope has recently made statements that indicate a softening in the church’s approach to LGBTI people, but we’re not sure how gay music fans around the world are likely to react to a nun’s interpretation of a gay icon’s classic hit song. <BR> <BR> Sister Cristina Scuccia heralds from Sicily. She won the Italian version of The Voice earlier this year and her debut album is due early November.... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:43:18 EST Rick Santorum: Young People Support LGBT Rights Be Rick Santorum: Young People Support LGBT Rights Because the Gay Community Has 'Silenced the Church' - VIDEO -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Former senator and likely presidential candidate Rick Santorum has said the only reason young people support gay rights is because they have never heard any arguments to the contrary, reports Right Wing Watch. <BR> <BR> Speaking yesterday during an interview with Tony Perkins, president of listed hate group Family Research Council, Santorum said that the anti-gay lo... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:40:34 EST Church writes awful letter to gay man, his respons Church writes awful letter to gay man, his response is perfect-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay man from the US was shocked to find a letter from his Church telling him they had found out he is gay. ‘Regretfully it has come to our attention that you have been engaging in a homosexual lifestyle,’ reads the letter. <BR> <BR> What follows in the letter only gets worse. A private conversation had been leaked to the Church leaders, meaning the man in question had been effectively outed. <BR> <BR> The l... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:38:34 EST Crowds demand equality at pride march in Taiwan Crowds demand equality at pride march in Taiwan-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei, Taiwan yesterday to celebrate LGBTI pride (26 October). <BR> <BR> The proud revellers also carried a serious message of equality to parliament. They are pushing for same-sex marriage to be recognized by law. <BR> <BR> Organizers estimated 50,000 people walked the streets of Taipei in two separate routes before converging again at the end of the march. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:36:02 EST Utah Supreme Court lifts stay on same-sex adoption Utah Supreme Court lifts stay on same-sex adoption-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption. This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents <BR> <BR> More here:<BR>preme-court-lifts-stay-same-sex-adopti<BR>on241014 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:33:31 EST SF's drag scene pioneers Getting Intimate With San Francisco’s Drag Scene Pioneers <BR> <BR> Aunt Charlie’s Lounge is a small, windowless establishment in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, an area once known for its nightlife and LGBTQ attractions. Today, the crime rate is 35 times higher than anywhere else in the city, and Aunt Charlie’s is the neighborhood’s only remaining gay bar. Still, its evening-length drag show continues, and, without a stage, the drag queens perform among the audience, making for an... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:21:53 EST Moore & Page banned from shooting lesbian romance Julianne Moore and Ellen Page have been banned from shooting lesbian love scenes in a New York state Catholic boys’ school. <BR> <BR> The actresses are starring in civil rights film Freeheld and wanted to use the school as the town hall in which their characters – a terminally ill police detective and her car mechanic partner – apply for a domestic partnership for financial reasons. <BR> <BR> The school in New Rochelle initially approved a shoot and still photographs but retracted their per... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:24:59 EST SF's last dyke bar closes San Francisco gentrifies out its last remaining lesbian bar <link><BR>rifies-out-its-last-remaining-dyke-ba-<BR>1650096335 </link> <BR> <BR> San Francisco's insatiable thirst for twee cocktails and ridiculous rents has claimed its latest victim. This time, the famously gay-friendly city's last remaining lesbian bar has been forced to close its doors. <BR> <BR> SFist reports The Lexington Club, "the city's only, long-standing, dedicated bar for gay women... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:22:31 EST WATCH: Bystanders at Dallas Airport stop antigay.. WATCH: Bystanders at Dallas Airport stop antigay attack by piling on drunk bully-- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> n the video embedded below, an apparently intoxicated man attacks another passenger who he believes is gay. Within seconds, a number of bystanders leap into action to take the attacker down and hold him until police can handcuff him and lead him away. <BR> <BR> The video is dated Thursday, October 23, and shows an unnamed angry man bellowing and threatening another passenger who is wear... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:22:30 EST US Republican Louie Gohmert says gay soldiers won’ US Republican Louie Gohmert says gay soldiers won’t be ready to fight because they will need massages-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Texas Republican Louie Gohmert has told talk radio that he believes that gay soldiers will not be ready to defend against sudden attacks because they will need to get massages first before going into battle like the Ancient Greeks <BR> <BR> More here:<BR>blican-louie-gohmert-says-gay-soldiers<BR>-won%E2%80%99t-be-ready-fight-bec... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:12:52 EST Korea university students ban anti-gay hate Korea university students ban anti-gay hate-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The student council of Korea University in Seoul has revised its rules to ban discrimination against LGBTI people after several homophobic incidents on campus. <BR> <BR> It is the first student body of a South Korean university to do so. <BR> <BR> Earlier this year, a placard welcoming new LGBTI students was torn down by unidentified individuals. A similar incident occured at Ewha Womans University, sparking concerns about homop... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:08:10 EST Bullied Teen Lands In Hospital After Being Beaten, Bullied Teen Lands In Hospital After Being Beaten, School Presses Charges – Against Bullied Teen-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Almost six weeks after his brutal beating, while still recovering from a traumatic brain injury, Eric Martin walked into a Virginia courtroom last week to face two assault charges. Verbally abused, harassed and bullied since the first grade in an obviously failing school system, this kid is the poster child for "brave." Eric has decided to fight these charges, and fight them is ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:01:26 EST Saginaw VA hospital named a 'Leader in LGBT Health Saginaw VA hospital named a 'Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SAGINAW, MI — The Aleda E. Lutz Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Saginaw has been recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. <BR> <BR> The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization, according to ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:58:15 EST GOP lawmaker wants Idaho out of the marriage busin GOP lawmaker wants Idaho out of the marriage business to protest same-sex unions-- <BR> <BR> <BR> n Idaho Republican is considering legislation that would end state-sanctioned marriage to protest the court ruling that overturned a constitutional ban on same-sex unions. <BR> <BR> State Sen. Steve Vick (R-Dalton Gardens) said he and other lawmakers are considering several options after officials in Coeur d’Alene told the owners of a for-profit wedding chapel that they must perform same-sex c... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:55:45 EST Steve Deace: Gay 'Rainbow Jihad' Put Jesus In Jail Steve Deace: Gay 'Rainbow Jihad' Put Jesus In Jail!-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Conservative talk show host Steve Deace is out with a column today titled “The Rainbow Jihad,” about how gay rights advocates are destroying freedom and everything good. <BR> <BR> Naturally, Deace illustrated his column with a photo that appears to be a mug shot of Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR> The image seems to suggest that gay marriage opponents will be treated like child predators: “Pursuant to S.S.M. 666.66, [prisoner] i... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:50:14 EST Alaska Republican stuns high school crowd by compa Alaska Republican stuns high school crowd by comparing gay marriage to bulls having sex-- <BR> <BR> <BR> he longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House made a bizarre, combative appearance Tuesday morning at an Alaska high school. <BR> <BR> U.S. Rep Don Young (R-AK) used profanity and described two bulls having sex when asked about gay marriage by students at Wasilla High School, shocking students and prompting the principal to cut short the event. <BR> <BR> The 81-year-old Young drew ga... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:45:20 EST Raleigh, N.C., unanimously passes transgender work Raleigh, N.C., unanimously passes transgender worker protections-- <BR> <BR> <BR> RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s capital city became the sixth statewide to protect transgender workers from employment discrimination. City Council members passed the revised policy unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon. <BR> <BR> The proposed policy was passed by the Council’s Human Relations Committee last month. It includes the addition of gender identity or expression along with several other en... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:43:09 EST Norfolk school pupils receive lessons in tackling Norfolk school pupils receive lessons in tackling anti-gay bullying-- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying. <BR> <BR> The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:40:55 EST Federal judge in Puerto Rico upholds ban on same- Federal judge in Puerto Rico upholds ban on same-sex marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself depends on traditional marriage and deriding the logic of courts that have overturned such bans. The five gay couples who filed the suit will appeal, their attorney said Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Puerto-RicoThe couples had challenged the constitutionality of several lo... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:35:45 EST Chile’s LGBT movement marches united Chile’s LGBT movement marches united-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Chile celebrated a historical moment: for the first time, the LGBT movement marched united to demand equal rights. Historically, there has been much reluctance to work together, but in 2013 seven organizations within the movement came together and yesterday’s march was a result of their collaboration. This signals a shift in the movement in Chile as it strives for ever greater steps toward equality. <BR> <BR> More here: http... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:34:22 EST Cher sends her love to gay teens kidnapped, tortur Cher sends her love to gay teens kidnapped, tortured in Russia -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Cher has paid tribute to LGBTI Russians, describing them as 'brave warriors' today (21 October). <BR> <BR> The 'Dark Lady' singer and living legend also promoted a recent documentary, Hunted, which showed the plight of gay youth suffering under the country's anti-gay laws. <BR> <BR> She tweeted: 'Sending Love 2 Our Gay Brothers & Sisters, Being Held Hostage in Russia. 'Their ONLY Crime is Being True 2Themsel... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:33:06 EST Ariana Grande renounced Catholicism for her gay... Ariana Grande renounced Catholicism for her gay brother-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Ariana Grande has revealed she renounced Catholicism in order to support her gay brother. <BR> <BR> Her sibling, Frankie Grande, who recently appeared on Big Brother, was told by the Church that 'God didn't love him'. The 21-year-old singer then decided to turn to Kabbalah. <BR> <BR> 'When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, "OK, that’s not cool,"' she said in an interview with Sunday Telegraph ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:29:37 EST S. Carolina Republican doubles down on calling gay S. Carolina Republican doubles down on calling gay couples ‘Gremlins’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Republican House candidate in South Carolina urged voters not to support Democrat Representative James Clyburn and his “gremlin” allies, The Hill reports. <BR> <BR> This story has been updated. Please see below. <BR> <BR> According to a post by Anthony Culler on Facebook, same-sex marriage is “a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:26:59 EST HRC endorses anti-HIV drug HRC endorses anti-HIV drug-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the US, is endorsing the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). <BR> <BR> Truvada is the only brand name anti-HIV drug approved for PrEP. 'When taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable healthcare provider, and paired with other safer sex practices, Truvada can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by upwards of 90 percent,' the organization said in a statement. <BR> <BR> In its relea... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:24:59 EST This X Factor star defended his gay mother from... This X Factor star defended his gay mother from bullies at age 11-- <BR> <BR> <BR> An X Factor star has opened up about his childhood, saying he had to defend his gay mother from bullies. <BR> <BR> British singer Jack Walton, the 18-year-old currently competing in this year's ITV singing competition show, has revealed he has even had to leave girlfriends as they felt uncomfortable with him being brought up by two women. <BR> <BR> The guitar-playing crooner, from the mining town of Castlef... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:05:53 EST After being engaged more than a year, Lance Bass After being engaged for more than a year, Lance Bass and fiancé Michael Turchin finally set wedding date-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Lance Bass and his actor-model fiance Michael Turchin have been engaged for more than a year but have remained tight-lipped about an actual wedding date. <BR> <BR> Their lips are no linger sealed. <BR> <BR> The couple will be tying the knot on 20 December. <BR> <BR> Gay Star News chatted with Bass back in May about the upcoming nuptials. <BR> <BR> ‘Never in my lifeti... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:04:03 EST Obama: 'I think the Constitution calls for gay mar Obama: 'I think the Constitution calls for gay marriage to be legal in all 50 states'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> President Barack Obama has said he believes same-sex couples should be able to marry in all 50 US states under the Constitution. <BR> <BR> The president of the US says he believes gay marriage should come under the Equal Protection Clause. <BR> <BR> Speaking to The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decisions since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeal... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:02:13 EST Partial Solar Eclipse Tonight (10/24/14) A partial eclipse will occur over North America late this afternoon. It should be amazing for all the celestial enthusiasts. Remember: never look directly at the Sun for any reason, especially during an eclipse, as severe damage or blindness can occur. <BR> <BR> You can see the eclipse event LIVE on EarthSky: <BR> <BR> <BR> es-a-bite-out-of-the-suns-disk-on-octo <BR> ber-23 <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:47:07 EST 10.23.2014 Progress In Schools, Is It Enough? We as a community have been making major strides lately and even the public school system is trying to help LGBTQ Youth, but are they really helping as much as possible? A pole of students shows that even with some improvements in place, things are still not very good t school. Students are still bullied and harassed and all too often staff members are willing to look the other way. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>45a22701563a1x8uw.i4/VEghgUmOwDHg6jBmB<BR>5d6... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:57:52 EST Hi from So Cal :-) Hi <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Tiffanie. A am 49 y/o transgender woman. I was married 25 years before needing to resolve my gender issues. I am so very blessed that my wife has chosen to stay with me, and we are closer than ever. <BR> <BR> I had an epiphany today and realized there was likely an GLBTQ spark team (duh!!) I am happy I found this group Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:34:09 EST 10.22.2014 Parents Push Back Haters Parents of a gay man have been receiving some nasty feedback and now they are sending a message to all the haters, I hope it gets through to people as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on/a-letter-to-the-just-because-he-bre<BR>athes-haters_b_5971808.html?utm_hp_ref<BR>=mostpopular </link> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:36:10 EST Swedish teacher sacked on the same day he called a Swedish teacher sacked on the same day he called a student 'fag' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Swedish teacher and photographer was sacked on the same day he dared to call a student 'fag', it was reported today (20 October). <BR> <BR> The Helsingborg schoolteacher, who has not been named in the report, was asked to take pictures of the new classes earlier this month. <BR> <BR> 'Fag number one, you can stand over here,' he allegedly shouted at one of the students. <BR> <BR> That was a big mistake. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:20:21 EST London bus driver throws off gay couple for kissin London bus driver throws off gay couple for kissing-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay couple are speaking out after a driver kicked them off a London bus who ranted at them for kissing. <BR> <BR> Jack James, 23, and his partner claim they were on a 89 bus near Blackheath, an area of south east London, when the driver ordered them off his bus for breaking his 'rules'. <BR> <BR> Transport for London announced they were investigating the complaint today (20 October). <BR> <BR> More here: http://www.g... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:09:16 EST